A Baton Rouge woman has been convicted and a Pennsylvania resident indicted in an ongoing probe into a local business that cashed $2.2 million in fraudulently obtained U.S. Treasury checks in 2012 and 2013, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Wednesday.
Anyelina Reyes, 36, who operated a Florida Boulevard store called A&R Elite Team LLC, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to steal government funds, Green said.
Albelk Serrata, 25, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was indicted in October on the same conspiracy charge and with theft of government funds, Green said of the recently unsealed indictment.
Reyes, who has not been sentenced, admitted in court that she was aware of a scheme and that, after opening a bank account for her store, she agreed to help facilitate the scheme by using the account to cash the checks, he stated.
Reyes deposited roughly 370 fraudulently obtained Treasury checks, with a total face value of some $2.2 million, into her business account from April 2012 through April 2013, Green said. After keeping a percentage of the funds for herself, she withdrew the remainder of the funds in cash and sent them to her co-conspirators.
Serrata also took part in a scheme throughout 2012 and 2013, Green said. He also is accused of taking part last year in the theft of five additional checks with a face value of about $28,000.